Asked to describe characteristic traits of Ottawa natives, the ability to “complain about the weather” came to mind. I am happy to note, however, today’s return of humidex values doesn’t seem to have been accompanied by any griping in my social media feeds. There was some exultation and reminders to slather on the sun screen and stay hydrated. We who complained about winter’s unwelcome stay this year were reminded we’d best appreciate the warmer temperatures.
Humidex? The humidex is a composite “index” that Canadian meteorologists use to describe how hot the weather actually feels to the average person. It involves combining together the effects of temperature and humidity. In Ottawa, the humidex becomes significant with the arrival of summer.
Today, while the temperature is actually 29C, it feels like it’s 35C outside.
These are temperatures when it is best to consider seeking shade and/or someplace air-conditioned. When the temperature or humidex reach the limits of human tolerance (35-40C), exposure can lead to heat-induced edema (localized swelling), skin irritation (rashes), exhaustion, and stroke. Heat stroke is marked by a very high body temperature accompanied by hot dry skin and rapid shallow breathing. It can lead to brain damage or death.
Do not, under any circumstances, leave children or pets in cars as the metal frame can actually act as an oven.
Need a cool place to spend a warm evening, particularly this Friday (June 6th)? Consider the air-conditioned comfort of the National Arts Centre’s (NAC) Southam Hall and an orchestral performance.
Enjoy tapas, drinks, per-concert jazz, and a live world-class performance.
Jazz will be performed by a local quartet, The Chocolate Hot Pockets.
The performance will begin with Igor Stravinsky’s violin concerto, featuring violinist Leila Josefowicz and conductor Michael Francis. It will be followed by a performance of Antonin Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”
This being the final Casual Friday event of the year, we urge you to consider purchasing tickets to attend.
Casual Friday is intended to to provide a novel way to experience classical music from the NAC orchestra. Aimed at attracting and inspiring another generation of music lovers, events strip away the archetypal trappings that make visiting “the symphony” pretentious.
As the website puts it: “Dress casually and enjoy a relaxed musical experience, including a pre-concert ‘Culinary Overture'”
[Photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre (53 Elgin Street)]
And, Executive Chef John Morris has a worldly menu for this edition of the culinary overture.
[w/Panisse chickpea “fries” with roasted garlic & capsicum aioli]
[Vegetarian and Dairy-Free]
[Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free]
And, roasted baby beets with lemon crème fraîche, crumbled honey toasted walnuts
Interested yet? Click here for tickets.
Want to win a pair to this event, including accompanying Culinary Overture tickets? Enter here:
Pre-Concert Reception: 5:00pm
Concert with NAC Orchestra: 7:00pm
Post-Concert Reception: 8:30pm